William James Megginson III

William James Megginson III, 76, Hazlehurst, died Wednesday, April 29. A graveside memorial service will be held at the Old Stone Church Cemetery in Clemson, S.C., at a future date. Stringer Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Megginson was the son of Captain William Megginson and Ina Smith Megginson. He was born in Clemson, S.C., on Sept. 30, 1943. From an early age he was an academic stand out, first attending Mississippi College where he excelled and served as college newspaper editor. He went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and spent the rest of his professional life as a college professor.
He was a consummate historian, having focused substantial attention on local and African American history in his birth state of South Carolina. Bolstered by his exhaustive research, he shared his knowledge through teaching, lecturing, and writing. This culminated with the 2006 publication of his book, “African American Life in South Carolina’s Upper Piedmont, 1780-1900.” He often expressed feeling fortunate to have witnessed a speech by Martin Luther King and to have Bill Clinton guest lecture in his classroom.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by loving friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mississippi College, Office of Advancement, PO Box 4005, Clinton, MS 39058; or The Alzheimer’s Association, 8180 Greensboro Dr. Ste. 400, McLean, VA 22102.